This is so tragic. Famed actor Michael Massee, who played Gustav Fiers, or The Gentleman, in The Amazing Spider-Manthe franchise, has sadly died. He was 61 years old. And while he will definitely be missed, Michael will certainly not be forgotten. Find out what we know about his death here.
Michael Massess has sadly passed away at the age of 61. His death was first announced by Anthony Delon, 52, also an actor, who revealed the tragic news via his Instagram account. “🙏R.I.P my friend Michael . ❤️You were ‘five seconds away from a clean getaway,'” Anthony captioned his social media post, which was published on Oct. 25.
The news was later confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter by a representative of his agent at Greene & Associates in Los Angeles. Michael and Anthony recently worked together on the French TV series Interventions. And at the time this information was released, no details surrounding Michael’s death were readily available.
Unfortunately, the actor is most well-known for accidentally shooting and killing the late Bruce Lee‘s son while on set of the 1994 film The Crow. He was acting in just his second film when he fired a faulty prop revolver at Brandon Lee, who was only 28 at the time. Unbeknownst to Michael, however, the gun fired a live round, striking Brandon in the stomach. He died after several hours of surgery on March 31, 1993.
Michael opened up about the incident years later, in 2007. “It absolutely wasn’t supposed to happen. I wasn’t even supposed to be handling the gun until we started shooting the scene and the director changed it,” he told Extra of that fateful day. “What happened to Brandon was a tragic accident … I don’t think you ever get over something like that.”
Throughout his career, Michael mostly played villains, as he was also known for playing the role of Ira Gaines, a major bad guy on the first season of Fox’s 24. He also played a villain known as the Surgeon, or Charles Hoyt, on TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles.
In 2012, he first appeared as Gustav Fiers, or The Gentleman, in The Amazing Spider-Man. In 2014 he reprised his role for the sequel. A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Michael also appeared in films like Seven (1995), The Game (1997), One Fine Day (1996) and Amistad (1997).
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